• Brabham BT62 Hypercar Review - AutoAdvisor.co.za

      Auto Advisor    May 6, 2018

    Formula 1 pioneers, Brabham have revealed their all-new BT62 hypercar. The BT62 is a McLaren Senna-rivalling machine, however, unlike the Senna, this is for track-use only.

    Designed as a track only machine, means the designers could throw caution to the wind, with the most aggressive bodywork possible, and as seen on the BT62, it features loads of carbon-fibre wings and aero intakes that’s capable of producing up to 1.2 tons of downforce. It rides on 18” centre locking wheels, shod with Michelin racing slicks. Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre and carbon Kevlar means the BT62 weighs just 972kg, and measures up to around the same dimensions as an Audi R8.

    Handling is taken care by a double-wishbone suspension setup with adjustable anti-roll bars and four-way adjustable Ohlins dampers. Six-pot carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes on all four corners hauls the BT62 down from stratospheric speeds.

    Its power plant, is a Brabham-built unit producing 522kw and 666nm. The best part is that the 5.4-litre V8 motor is naturally-aspirated, and mid mounted. The high-revving motor is paired with a six-speed sequential racing transmission developed by Hollinger Engineering, that sends power to the rear wheels. Brabham are yet to release any performance specs, but you can be assured that with a power-to-mass ratio of nearly 540w/kg, it will be mind-blowingly quick!

    Production will be capped at 70 units - in honour of its 70-year heritage in Formula 1 - and the car costs £1.2 million (ZAR 20 million). Brabham has confirmed that they are also working on a road-going version of the BT62, while Brabham have already expressed their desire to compete at Le Mans. The Brabham BT62 will be manufactured and assembled in northern Adelaide in Australia.

    The first 35 cars will be liveried to reflect each of the F1 team’s 35 world championship race wins - finished in the green and gold colours carried by the BT19, which Brabham used to take his team’s first victory in the 1966 French Grand Prix at Reims. The remaining 35 cars will be customized according to customer tastes.

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